Thinking about returning to school? Hoping to gain new skills to re-enter the ever changing workforce? We offer many services to assist you in that life transition.
Career Exploration/Consultation/Planning & Self-Assessment
Employment Counsellors are here to coach and support you through whatever transition you’d like to make. Discover and consider available options through consultation and self-assessment tools to identify aptitudes, values, and interests and establish career transitions and educational goals. Learn about local labour market information to make the best choice for you in your desired work area (or local area).
After the completion of an initial assessment, an Employment Counsellor can provide you with information about the services and training opportunities through the Second Career program help you to pursue re-training for a new career and obtain financial support.
The Second Career program provides up to $28,000 to cover the cost of tuition, books and living expenses for individuals who have been laid off on or after January 1, 2005.
Eligibility to apply for funding through the Second Career program:
- Laid off due to shortage of work, contract ended or medical reasons, taken a parental/maternity leave within the last 5 years and wanting to re-enter the workforce, laid off and took a for now job (lower skill level) or laid off and currently working less hours per week
- Canadian Citizen and resident of Ontario
- Unemployed or working less than 20 hours per week
All applicants for funding need to demonstrate that they require skills training to assist them to find employment in occupations with demonstrated labour market prospects in Ontario.
Returning to School (non-eligible Second Career)
Receive assistance with required processes such as:
- Navigating the OCAS site
- Obtaining transcripts
- PLAR assessments
- Figuring out course prerequisites and accessing adult upgrading or MST
- Accessing literacy and basic computer skills
- Meeting with select school staff on site in our Community Resource Booth
- Assistance dealing with Admissions departments
Is training Financially Feasible for you? Research financial assistance options to return to school or purchase required items that may be eligible.
Learn the many careers that are available to you through Apprenticeship Training.
Job Readiness Workshops
Receive job readiness skills through our YJC and RI workshops
Youth Job Connection (YJC)
If eligible for this program youth will receive 60 hours of paid job readiness workshops. This program assists youth (15 – 29) overcome barriers to employment and learn skills to make the transition from school to the workforce for the first time job seekers as well as those trying to finding that right fit employment opportunity.
Resource and Information (RI) Workshops
Receive job related computer assistance and current information on employment related issues, certifications, and educational opportunities though our Resource Centre workshops, events, and on-site community partners.
- Smart Serve
- WHMIS and Safety
- First Aid/CPR
- Achieving Employment Success
- Advanced Job Search